Exciting news for those of you who still wish to contribute their unique findings on farmer innovations and best practices in swidden systems: The deadline for submitting papers to be published in the volume “Farmer Innovations and Best Practices by Shifting Cultivators in Asia-Pacific” has been extended to July 1, 2018.
A trilogy of books has been designed as a sequel to the highly-acclaimed publication “Voices from the Forest: Integrating Indigenous Knowledge into Sustainable Upland Farming” (RFF Press, 2007) that brought scientific attention to indigenous innovations in improved fallow management.
The first volume of the trilogy is advertised online at https://www.amazon.com/Shifting-Cultivation-Environmental-Change-Conservation/dp/ and the second (“Shifting Cultivation Policies: Balancing Environmental and Social Sustainability) was published in late 2017 and can be found at https://www.cabi.org/bookshop/book/9781786391797.
A third and final volume, edited by Malcolm F. Cairns and with the continued assistance of Bob Hill and Tossaporn Kurupunya, will explore the ways in which today’s shifting cultivators are innovating and adjusting their traditional “hitching a ride with nature” to cope with the modern challenges of population growth, climate change, market economies, shortages of land and the threat of plantation monocropping.
CALL FOR PAPERS AND PHOTOGRAPHS:
If you research or work in areas within the Asia Pacific region where shifting cultivation persists, and your research involves innovation and best practices, the Editor warmly invites you to contribute a paper to the final volume of the trilogy, titled “Farmer Innovations and Best Practices by Shifting Cultivators in Asia-Pacific”.
Innovations can be technical innovations such as a system of improved fallow management, barrier technologies to reduce soil erosion in steep swidden fields, new cropping patterns, or just about anything that qualifies as ‘an improvement’. Alternatively, they may be social innovations, such as more effective methods of social fencing, labour arrangements or land tenure.
Guidelines for Paper contributions:
Each submitted paper should be accompanied by a list of three to six of the main plants that impact upon the success, uniqueness, or special features of the system under discussion. Authors are encouraged to list plants other than standard annual crops. We will then commission botanical sketches to be drawn by our in-house artist.
In addition, the Editor welcomes photographic contributions; the guidelines are as follows:
The Editor strongly encourages the entire community of researchers and workers working with shifting cultivation in Asia-Pacific to make this volume their own by using it as a powerful platform to publish their research findings and photographs. This ‘common property’ approach will create a much richer volume, of which we can all be proud!
To find out more, download the VOLUME III ANNOUNCEMENT (PDF).